When open and productive working relationships are important; when gathering diverse perspectives matter; when consensus is important, facilitation can be the secret sauce.
What is group facilitation?
“Group facilitation is a process in which a person, whose selection is acceptable to all members of the group, is substantively neutral, and has no decision-making authority, diagnoses and intervenes to help a group improve how it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions, to increase the group’s effectiveness.” – Roger Schwarz
In short – the facilitator understands the group need; designs the process; then facilitates the discussion. The facilitator owns the outcomes of a meeting, not the content.
Read this short article on how facilitation adds value to your engagement by Martin Gilbraith.
Use facilitation for:
- strategic planning
- high stakes meetings where resolution is needed
- stakeholder consultation
- business planning
- management meetings
- team development
- project kick offs, chartering or planning
- project look backs, or issues exploration
- process definition and development
- partner/vendor discussions
I will work with you to:
- develop a shared understanding of desired outcomes
- define how your group and I will work together to achieve shared outcomes
- design agendas
- gather and review any needed materials
- design meeting processes
- facilitate the meeting or event
- develop the final report in accordance with your requirements
By using a facilitator, a group can achieve higher quality outcomes, better decisions and ultimately better performance.
What to look for when choosing a facilitator?
- A code of ethics / code of conduct
- Demonstrated ability in the core competencies, as defined by the International Association of Facilitators.
- Formal training and/or professional certification
- Ability to carefully listen to your needs
- Customized approach to facilitation design
- Able to describe their approach and their rationale for their approach